Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln

Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln

Acclaimed historian Doris Kearns Goodwin illuminates Abraham Lincoln's political genius in this highly original work, as the one-term congressman and prairie lawyer rises from obscurity to prevail over three gifted rivals of national reputation to become president. On May 18, 1860, William H. Seward, Salmon P. Chase, Edward Bates, and Abraham Lincoln waited in their hometow Acclaimed historian Doris Kearns Goodwin illuminates Abraham Lincoln's political genius in this highly original work,...

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Title:Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln
Author:Doris Kearns Goodwin
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Genres:History
ISBN:0743270754
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:916 pages pages

Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln Reviews

  • Otis Chandler
    Jan 13, 2012
    I loved this book. Although it was a beast of a book, and could probably have been a lot shorter. I had not read a Lincoln biography before, so was firstly blown away by how he rose up from nothing, self-taught himself a college degree, and then somehow rode the middle line and got him...
  • MacK
    Dec 21, 2008
    I, like many young people, was often frustrated by history class. No matter what how hard I worked, or how much I studied we always seemed to run out of time to cover the really interesting parts of history, and I always felt short changed. Few time periods frustrated me as much as ...
  • Sydney
    Jun 01, 2008
    Biographies aren't always boring tomes. Doris Kearns Goodwin does a magnificent job of detailing how Abraham Lincoln, a lesser known and ill-positioned candidate captures the Republican party's nomination, goes on to get elected President, and leads America through the tumult of the Ci...
  • Steve
    Apr 01, 2015
    When Rod Blagojevich was impeached and hauled off to prison, that made four of the previous seven Illinois governors to have done time. Countless representatives and aldermen have been locked up, too. Then there was my wife?s favorite: a former Secretary of State found after his deat...
  • Kemper
    Nov 26, 2012
    (Please forgive me resorting to a tired trick and leading off with a definition from the dictionary, but there is a point to it.) pol-i-ti-cian 1: a person experienced in the art or science of government; especially : one actively engaged in conducting the business of a governmen...
  • Ellis
    Feb 15, 2008
    I would have given this book more stars if I could have. I think I loved this book so much because Abraham Lincoln was such an absolutely amazing person. We are all taught that Lincoln was one of America's great presidents, and we know that he issued the Emancipation Proclamation, but ...
  • Chrissie
    Sep 21, 2010
    ETA: Lincoln's death in 1865 is covered, but not in detail. I will now read "They Have Killed Papa Dead!": The Road to Ford's Theatre, Abraham Lincoln's Murder, and the Rage for Vengeance I think the book IS good. But Lincoln was much more of a shrewd politician than an honest, mora...
  • Carol
    Dec 29, 2007
    Team of Rivals was a big undertaking for me at over 750 pages. What a treasure of a book. I had the feeling that you get with a good piece of fiction where you hate for the book to end. I felt like I was there, that I knew Lincoln. What a marvelous man, a moral man, a patient man. Ther...
  • Michelle
    Mar 27, 2008
    I've long admired Abraham Lincoln, but this book increased that admiration by leaps and bounds. It's almost ridiculous how politically adept Lincoln was - especially given his childhood, self taught, etc. It made me (the book) long for another president like Lincoln. He picked the ...
  • Matt
    Jul 16, 2009
    As a history lover, I'm a bit of a snob. While everyone is rushing to purchase the newest warm-milk entry from David McCullough, I make a show of purchasing turgid, poorly edited treatises put out by university presses about some guy who did something long ago that doesn't really matte...
  • Ashley
    Dec 18, 2008
    If you?ve ever asked yourself, Abraham Lincoln, what is with that guy? This is the book for you. The answer to that question is both simple and complex. It?s complex because all people are complex, and the political landscape that Lincoln navigated?although lacking 24 hour new...
  • Dana Stabenow
    Oct 10, 2008
    I heard Goodwin talk about this book on NPR, and she sounded like she'd been an eyewitness to the events. Sold me the book. On June 17th--I've been a hundred pages from the end for ten days. I don't want Abe to die. July 17th -- Okay, I finally made myself finish. Abe's dead and ...
  • Mahlon
    Oct 28, 2008
    Most readers would question the need for another Lincoln Biography at this point. After 200 years and numerous Biographies, is there anything new to learn about the man? In Team of Rivals, Doris Kearns Goodwin answers that question with a resounding yes. Her focus is mainly on Lincoln ...
  • Sue
    Jan 10, 2009
    Put aside whatever you're reading now--yes, even those compelling vampire/romance books--and pick up this book. It's that good. Even though Goodwin is writing about Lincoln's cabinet, her work is eerily contemporary, given Obama's situation. Everyone but a handful of people thought Lin...
  • Cindy
    Jan 03, 2010
    (I thought it would make sense to start this while I'm still reading Gone With the Wind.) This isn't a straight-up biography of Lincoln. And it's certainly not a history of the Civil War. Instead it's a portrait of Lincoln, defined by the diverse men he surrounded himself with on hi...
  • Brina
    Jul 12, 2015
    DKG is a genius. No other words needed. ...
  • Eric
    Mar 31, 2018
    When you survey the political landscape of today, it's remarkable that such a man as Lincoln could even exist, let alone that he should rise to the Presidency in the hour of the country's greatest need. Setting aside the question of whether any Biblical or other religious figures actua...
  • James Thane
    Jan 02, 2013
    In 1860, the fledgling Republican Party nominated its second candidate for the Presidency of the United States. Four men competed for the honor: William Seward, a U.S. Senator, former governor of New York and one of the most honored and experienced politicians of his day; Edward Bates,...
  • Laura Leaney
    Nov 17, 2012
    I don't read enough non-fiction. Like a lot of people, I'm sure, I thought I knew enough about Abraham Lincoln that a book on his presidency wouldn't hold my interest as much as a novel might. Happily, I was wrong, and this book gave me a profound sense of appreciation for the ol' ...
  • Betsy Robinson
    Sep 27, 2017
    This is a wonderful nuanced book that resonates mightily with and informs what is going on today. Read it if you want to understand any kind of historical basis for what is now happening in the U.S. Read it if you love the minutia of history?every conversation ever recorded during th...
  • Jan-Maat
    Jun 14, 2011
    Although there are two books squeezed between the covers this remains readable. The first book is an account of the competition for the Republican candidacy and the beginning of the Lincoln administration. Here is a slightly different story about the developing USA, the changing, gr...
  • Karen Canova
    May 27, 2012
    I've always thought Abraham Lincoln was the greatest president in U.S. history, and now, after reading Team of Rivals, I'm convinced of that. His political genius allowed him to harness the talents and tame the ?lesser angels? among his many rivals ? the political and social crea...
  • Barnabas Piper
    Nov 26, 2016
    Reading this book (or listening on Audible in my case) is a labor of love - it is detailed, intricate and long. But wow, is it incredible. The way DKG weaves together the stories of a ll Lincoln's cabinet members personally and politically and explains their respective roles in America...
  • Perry
    Jul 07, 2017
    A True Leader and Genius of High Moral Character If I were to try to read, much less answer, all the attacks made on me, this shop might as well be closed for other business.... If the end brings me out all right, what's said against me won't amount to anything. If the end brings me...
  • Julie
    Jan 12, 2013
    As usual, I seem to be pushing against the river. All the reviews are stellar -- to the 5th degree. My poor offering is a meagre 3. Goodwin is an exceptional historian. Research should have been her middle name. But -- and it's quite a big one -- The book would have been vastly ...
  • Steve
    May 06, 2013
    http://bestpresidentialbios.com/2014/... ?Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln? is, by almost any measure, the most popular biography of Abraham Lincoln. Written by Doris Kearns Goodwin, ?Team of Rivals? has been widely read and revered since its publicati...
  • Asif Kazi
    May 09, 2018
    According to Oxford Dictionary: Team=Two or more people working together and Rival=A person or thing competing with another for the same objective or for superiority in the same field of activity. So this oxymoron title caught my attention when I was in the final semester of my co...
  • David Baldacci
    Nov 15, 2013
    This is the book that the film ?Lincoln? is somewhat based on. President Obama has said that he looks to Lincoln as a model leader. He should. In TEAM OF RIVALS Lincoln brings genius to the adage ?friends close, enemies closer.? ...
  • Laura Noggle
    Jan 23, 2018
    Solid 4 Stars: Intricate details spin an illuminating web around this historical colossus. We all know about Lincoln, one of the greatest presidents ever, and are well versed in the legend and legacy of Lincoln ? but what about the man behind the public persona? This book pul...
  • megs_bookrack
    Jun 12, 2018
    Yesssss! I did it y'all! This is an accomplishment. This book is dense but incredible and worth it. If you set one goal for yourself, in your life, it should be to read this book. The writing, Lincoln's life, the goings on of the cabinet and the country ... wow, wow, wow. Full review t...